This anthology of six contemporary plays from Turkey captures such global themes as questions of identity, poverty, class conflict, oppression, and displacement while shedding light on current cultural and political matters in Turkey, a country literally at the border of the West and the East that is recovering from military coups and still seeking to establish democracy and human rights. The title play, "Mustafa Kaplan's Solum", deals with questions of home and identity as explored through physical research on the performer's body. Other plays included are "Murathan Mungan's As on the Page", which utilizes traditional performing techniques of Asia Minor and reveals subtle cultural details about eastern Turkey; Tuncer Cucenoglu's Avalanche, which focuses on events in a village where people who live under fear and oppression take extreme measures to prevent an avalanche; Sahika Tekand's Eurydice's Cry, an adaption of Sophocles's Antigone; Ozen Yula's For Rent, which tells the stories of outcast characters; and Emre Koyuncuoglu's Home Sweet Home, which discusses displacement and the homeland.
"Solum and Other Plays" from Turkey includes a comprehensive introduction that contextualizes the plays within contemporary Turkey and examines the diverse aesthetic and stylistic characteristics of each playwright, making this an important resource for scholars of Turkey and theater and performance studies.
Serap Erincin is a director, performer, and writer who is currently pursuing a PhD in performance studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Mark Ventura received his BA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked in both the publishing and IT industries and has edited numerous texts, including translations of screenplays, plays, and articles. He lives in Brooklyn.